My vision for Albany is that of a safe and inclusive town with a diverse and vibrant population. It’s a place where we value shared access to the best of public goods - from schools, parks, natural areas, and libraries, to properly maintained streets and sidewalks that encourage walking, cycling, and safe driving. We strive together to assure excellent public services, including police, fire, senior, and recreation programs. We are committed to social justice and to care for those among us who need of help. In the face of climate change and other global and regional challenges we act responsibly at the local level to ensure a bright future for our young people and future generations.
ABOUT ALBANY VICE MAYOR ROCHELLE NASON
- Seeking re-election in 2018 after first full term on Council. Previously served on the Waterfront Committee and the Parks & Recreation Commission. Participated as a citizen in the work of the Homeless Task Force.
- Served 18 years as the executive director of the “Keep Tahoe Blue” organization (League to Save Lake Tahoe); local volunteer for Citizens for East Shore Parks & the Sierra Club East Bay Public Lands Committee.
- Served as both a volunteer and a staff member for a local nonprofit social service organization providing care to disabled elders and assistance to refugees; currently a board leader and active volunteer with a local nonprofit nursing home.
- Taught ethics, philosophy, business, and land use planning at community & private colleges.
- Attended Albany public schools K-12; degrees in philosophy from UC Berkeley and law from UC Hastings.
LEADERSHIP RECORD ON CHALLENGING ISSUES
- Advocated for ballot measures to: (1) repair broken sidewalks & maintain parks, fields, and open space and (2) levy tax on sugar sweetened beverages and for proceeds to support Safe Routes to School (including retention of School Crossing Guard program endangered by UC budget cuts), as well as drinking water projects.
- Advocated for adoption of Sanctuary City and Rent Review programs.
- Advocated for inclusion of social services to seniors in Albany’s Resource Center program.
- Advocated for installation of shock pad to prevent injuries at Gilman Street playfields, and replacement of play surfaces with non-toxic materials.
- Worked with former Albany Police Chief Michael McQuiston to assure the public posting of police bulletins on the City’s website to keep Albany informed of police activities.
- As a Waterfront Commission member and a Homeless Task Force citizen-participant, I advocated for restoration of the Albany waterfront to park purposes through intensive provision of services (including but not limited to housing assistance) to unsheltered people who had gathered in tent encampments there.
- As a Parks & Recreation Commissioner I discovered peeling lead paint within reach of children on the flagpole base beside the playgrounds in Memorial Park, securing remediation and replacement by Alameda County.